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"Good Ol' Freda" is the untold story of Freda Kelly, the Beatles' trusted secretary and friend throughout their rise to fame.
"Good Ol' Freda" is the untold story of Freda Kelly, the Beatles' trusted secretary and friend throughout their rise to fame.
660 backers pledged $58,000 to help bring this project to life.

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    1. Creator Cindy Kimura on September 4, 2013

      Hey just wondered if something was wrong. I didn't ever recieve my DVD copy.

    2. Creator Randy Padawer on September 4, 2013

      Just saw a news story on Fox News that the film will launch shortly in theaters and on iTunes. Any plans to send the backer DVDs yet?

    3. Creator Tripod Media on August 5, 2012

      We should have an update for everyone in the next 2-3 weeks. We had an update ready to go but decided to hold off sending it for a short while until we get final notification about what hopefully will be another piece of good news!

    4. Creator Randy Padawer on August 5, 2012

      Any update since April?

    5. Creator Nora on November 12, 2011

      Congrats to everybody.."perfect numbers in the morning"!!!!!...660 and 58.000! thanks to all who read my message during al the "early morning"...we working good together!nice to meet you during all " later night"...receiving "money answers"...beatle people are the best one...specially by night!(hahahah)...if you want look for me in facebook to be most close...look for me NORA BRENZONI,and do not forget to visit Facebook page GOOD OL on Facebook too... Regards from spring time in Argentina...near the Beach in the Atlantic city(Villa Gesell)..I love you wherever you are!

    6. Creator Nora on November 12, 2011

      Good job! more and more pennies were added...we are so! I must to go to sleep is 2.56 am of Argentina.I know that in the morning, when I will wake up, the 58.000 will sure!...I know you will do it!...Sweet Dreams to all around the world..and loved Freda...thanks to let us to have been part of the Beatles' history the past and in this Centrury...
      now Team... is your turn!God bless you!

    7. Creator Nora on November 12, 2011

      Here we are!!!! ...LOYAL BEATLE PEOPLE!more money was added again after my last message...! great!!! We are near to 58.000, only 2hours to go, como on we must arrive to that sum of money...!!!!is not impossible, just do it!...we can!...nora

    8. Creator Nora on November 11, 2011

      Good !!!!!, more pennies were added in 34 minutes from my last message!!!!, Come on, 3 hours to go!!!!a bit more please, come on beatle people...the Team need to spend much money in extras like taxs, copyrights, come on, we must to HELP them!!! I trust in all you.Freda trust in all us!...Show them all our LOVE RIGHT NOW!

    9. Creator Nora on November 11, 2011

      4 hours to go!!!please we need more penny to save extra costs...HEY BEATLE PEOPLE, COME AND SUM A BIT MORE...YOU CAN PLEASEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

    10. Creator Tripod Media on November 11, 2011

      Hi Jean (Cathy!!!),

      I've had the honor of meeting you several times in Liverpool....once when my friends Billy Kinsley and Kenny Parry played at the IPO at The Cavern. I know you do a lot of good work for musicians and Liverpool! Glad to have you on board and we're thrilled to meet our target and exceed it! Beatle People are the best.....that's for sure! 14 hours to go and hoping to raise every penny we can in the time left in the campaign! Thank for all your help!

      Kathy McCabe
      'Good Ol' Freda'

    11. Creator Jean (Cathy) Catharell on November 11, 2011

      So great to see project meet its target. Beatle people are the best... :-0

    12. Creator Nora on November 11, 2011


    13. Creator Frank & Patricia Farello on November 10, 2011

      Since I pledged $100, how can I confirm what name will appear in the credits of the film under "Special Thanks."


    14. Creator gary yukich on November 10, 2011

      Hi Ya'll-I've been sent an e-mail asking where I am from et cetera as I am a backer of this documentary.I feel priveleged and thrilled to be so.I've been a huge Beatles' fan since I saw them on the Ed Sullivan show 'All Those Years Ago'.I am now 60 years of age and they remain to be my favourite of musicians.I've had their music on vinyl,8 track,casstte and Cd's twice-as they were put out and of course their latest box set.My name is Gary Yukich and I hail from Sault Ste Marie,Ontario,Canada.I am eager for the day to arrive when I can see this project come to its fruition.I,humbly wish all those people the very very best in the days ahead and will continue to spread the word!

    15. Creator Tripod Media on November 10, 2011

      We could only have met this goal with the help of Beatle Fans across the universe! Thank you so much! Please spread the word that there are still 40 hours to go to make pledges. With every dollar that we exceed our goal, we will be able to license Beatles footage and photos and make 'Good Ol' Freda' even better! Not sure everyone realizes there are 10% in fees taken by Kickstarter/Amazon so it'd be great to recoup those fees too! We've been thrilled with the reception of Beatles fans and humbly accept the pledges, goodwill, and support! What an experience this has been!

    16. Creator PETER FAWN - EDGAR ALLAN POE SOCIETY on November 10, 2011

      Fantastic to see that the target has met! Well done to everyone who has contributed so that we will all be able to hear Freda's story!

    17. Creator Stephanie J. Castillo on November 10, 2011

      The power of LOVE LOVE LOVE. WE did it!!! So glad for Freda, and can't wait to hear her stories, to see the film. I am a documentary filmmaker, have made 9 docs, and can't tell you how inspiring it is to be part of this effort. Fundraising is never easy for us filmmakers, but all of the backers inspire me! thanks friends!!

    18. Creator Cecilia Garcia on November 10, 2011

      Go Freda! As a major Beatles fan I'm a backer all the way! :)

    19. Creator Jason Whiton on November 9, 2011

      Congrats to everyone for helping the film to reach its pledge goal! Today's date is the 9th, which I think John would have seen as a lucky day. Today I also mailed more than 50 wishes from my Art students (age 14-18) to be joined with wishes from around the world at the Imagine Peace Tower in Iceland. "A dream we dream together is reality."

      Ever since I heard Freda's name called out with such warmth on the Beatles Christmas record, I've been interested in hearing her story. I recently made a remix and short experimental film for Yoko, and have made other Beatles-related projects for Rolling Stone and others, so I have much heart and support for Good Ol' Freda! I'm happy to contribute in any way possible.

      The wit, wisdom, and world of the imagination surrounding The Beatles legacy opened up for me just as the group was disbanding. A friend of the family gave me the Help! soundtrack when I was six, starting a life-long passion to explore the Beatles universe. I love passing the message on to young people, learning new things about the Fab story myself, and making collaborations with fellow artists. Thank you to The Beatles and to everyone who has supported them (like Freda!) for giving the world so much inspiration.

    20. Creator Judith Reed West on November 9, 2011

      WE MADE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOOOO-HOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

    21. Creator Lizzie Bravo on November 9, 2011

      I am soooo happy now that I see this is really going to happen! I did all I could to spread the word. I met Freda at the fan club in Liverpool in 1967, she was really nice to me and my friend Denise. I love these kinds of stories, from people who were really there and witnessed everything first hand. Congratulations to the producers and to Freda! All the best from a most beautiful moonlit evening in Rio de Janeiro.

    22. Creator Judith Reed West on November 9, 2011

      I always love the inside stuff... the different out-of-the-ordinary lives and the people who live them... the scenes no one really gets to experience.

      This documentary/rockumentary is going to be one of those experiences for a BILLION Beatles fans ... and blow the socks off of each and every one of them!

      I can't wait to see it!!!!!

    23. Creator MissLisa1970 on November 8, 2011

      I'm so confident that this project will achieve it's pledge goal and be well on it's way to filming in no time at all! I'm very excited to be a (albeit small) part of helping this documentary live it's potential. I've never done anything like this before and i will be incredibly proud when i get to finally see it. All the best to everyone involved in this film and to all the backers & future backers but most of all to Good Ol Freda who will no doubt delight us with her stories of what must've been one hell of a ride. Hopefully soon, we'll all be vicariously on that ride with you.

    24. Creator Nora on November 7, 2011

      We are so near!!!come on!only some more Beatles fans and friends...and the film wil be done!!!!!now is the time to show Freda all the love that we have had for her and th Lads! the past and in the present!...some more dollars pleaseeeeeeeeeeee!

    25. Creator Janice Susan on November 7, 2011

      this guy should have put a few dollars into good ol' freda. is it too late?…

    26. Creator Happy Nat (deleted) on November 6, 2011

      Hello this is Happy Nat from and I'm so excited to see this movie happen! Freda Kelly was the ultimate insider in the Beatles/Brian Epstein camp for all of the those years. I'm sure her story put to film will have many revelations that will thicken the detail on the existing Beatles history. Beatle fans, young and old are sure to appreciate Freda's incredible calling to be behind the scenes with the greatest rock band of all time.

    27. Creator Mark Weingarten on November 4, 2011

      Hi, Mark from NY here. Glad to hear of this project through my friends at The Fest For The Beatles. Sounds like you have a great story to tell. I am a huge Beatles fan and it is a privilege to help in this small manner. Looking forward to being part of this great project. Best of luck!

    28. Creator Tripod Media on November 1, 2011

      Thank you, Wayne. That was a great comment! Loved your story....I remember the days well of The Beatles first trip to the US just a couple months after President Kennedy was assassinated: The Ed Sullivan Show on our black and white TV, the gig at The Coliseum in DC, pics of them standing on the Mall in the snow, pics with Cassius Clay and the girls in the surf in Miami, The Ed Sullivan show from Miami....great memories. Freda tells a good story about how all the workers in The Beatles office had no idea what kind of reception the lads had received when they arrived in the US. Keep in mind, there were no cell phones or texts....just long distance calls or telegrams. Everyone was ecstatic when Brian Epstein called to say The Beatles got an amazing reception with screaming girls everywhere! Ah the good ole days. So I just figured out I'm a lot older than you!!! I was 16 when they came the first time! But no, I wasn't a screamer! And believe it or not, Freda saw The Beatles play so many times she just can't even guess at how many. Keep spreading the word for us, Wayne.....10 days to go.....200 Beatle fans x $100 donation apiece and we're fully funded! Thank you! Kathy McCabe/Producer/'Good Ol' Freda'

    29. Creator Wayne Parham on November 1, 2011

      I am in Charlottesville Virginia and I got an email from my old friend Kathy McCabe - Producer of this project - After 50 years of playing guitar and remembering singing Christmas carols to her with 20 other musicians 45 years ago in Baltimore Maryland, I figured a little help from her friends was not to much to ask! A really GOOD person! So my Beatles story is being 12 years old and growing up in Washington DC; it was a cold snowy February day and we were out of school because of the snow! The local AM (only in those days!) radio station was following the Beatles train trip down from New York City to Washington station by station and playing Beatles songs after they left each stop along the way! Those were the days - everyone was listening! We were all excited and my guitar playing ( my father played a bit of guitar and was a poker player with Roy Clark - yes, that Roy Clark - he played behind Jimmy Dean - who started a TV Station in DC) took on another direction! I went from "Cast Your Fate To The Wind" to Anything from the Beatles first album - which I still have! Support this project!

    30. Creator Achim Schultz AS-Musicrecording on November 1, 2011

      So, now i'am happy to help with the project. My wife Angie and me we each had fun to be together with Freda. She knows so many nice and funny stories about the Beatles. We look forward to see her the next time.
      Peace and Love Achim and Angie

    31. Creator Gary Bell on October 29, 2011

      I am so excited about this project and I am telling anyone I think will be interested. I have written to MPL, Bill Harry, Bruce Spizer, and several Beatles related forums.

      Bill Harry is actively supporting this project. I am doing all I can to make sure that this project happens.

      This could be one of the most important films to ever be made about not only Beatles history, but also music history.

    32. Creator Tripod Media on October 27, 2011

      We received this wonderful reflection from Darryl Price, poet, USA and wanted to share it with you. HOPE YOU LIKE IT!

      "Freda has said in recent interviews the one thing that I've always thought every true fan should feel--there is no one favorite Beatle. We love them all! We love the whole band. We're so lucky to have been able to witness their rare moments together. And dear Freda was the one ultimate witness who saw and heard everything from the beginning to the end (1962--1972). Her story couldn't be more important to music history. As any true Beatles fan knows the importance of this band goes way beyond the timeless music it made. It was and continues to be the biggest phenomenon of our time on the planet. Their music seeped into every corner of every household in the world and it was welcomed. It was an absolute joy to hear it. It gave us hope and courage, and it gave off its own special light. For whatever reason Freda was chosen to be there from day one and experience everything first hand. We need her story to complete our own. Those lucky enough to have taken the ten year journey with the band will always have them in their hearts forever.That's how deep our affection goes. This doesn't mean we view them as perfect people, but our love goes beyond any grievances we might have, because it is real love as John put it. Freda was a living touchstone for that young love and now is a treasure herself to the world at large in her film about the teenager from Liverpool who saw them perform at the lunchtime sessions at the Cavern over a bowl of soup and some tea. She worked in the office for Brian Epstein and became Fan Club secretary to over 40,000 members. John might have once jokingly fired her for choosing the Moody Blues dressing room over their own, but we now would like to hire her today to be our representative of the lasting truth about the band we all love to love. Please join me and "everybody everywhere" by going to and donating whatever you can to make sure this film is going to be made. You couldn't do a better thing this year if you tried. Thanks for helping out. Long live Freda!"
      Darryl Price,poet,USA

    33. Creator Nora on October 27, 2011

      I am a retired person, with a salary of 400 dolars, my adorable and lucky "chieff Freda" needs help, and I could only to send $25.Now I am supporter too(N 189).I am the beatle people 144972, also the President of the Official Argentine Beatles Fan club ...Freda's Branch.62-71-I ever dream for her book, and untold, I hope she could do it at last with a little help of all her friends around the world -I still love you Freda!.Nora Brenzoni from Argentina.Remember that no many close people around The Beatles, told the story ,Mal, Nel, Brian, has gone "on gig" so soon...So we need to have her story at last to save the memory of the group and fans for the eternity.-the beatle people ever were so special, so make this dream comes true...HELP HER NOW PLEASE!!!!

    34. Creator Tripod Media on October 25, 2011

      Annie Walsh

      I feel fortunate to have heard about 'Good Ol' Freda' from the director, Kathy McCabe, an old friend from many years ago. I am thrilled to be a part of this and have fingers & toes crossed that the pledge due by 11/11/11 will, indeed, happen. This is too important for too many people.

    35. Creator lovelylinda on October 24, 2011

      i am grateful to help with the project...i wish it could be more. i've met frieda through mutual friends and she is a lovely woman! i can't wait to hear more stories! i found out about this through a link that david bedford posted on his facebook page, i believe. david, frieda, and joey molland recently did a talk at the new jersey fest for beatlefans, and their stories about liverpool and the beatles were amazing, hysterical, and so much fun! we kept saying that they should continue to speak around the world and we would call it "merseylicious"! i am from liverpool, ny, usa! my husband is paul (lol) and we've been to a couple of beatleweeks as well.

      have you considered asking some businesses for donations via product placement? there may be some good links between the beatles history and certain brands of teas, foods, clothing manufacturers etc. that may be a part of frieda's stories...maybe they would be willing to donate something knowing the products will be talked about, shown etc. (of course, you maybe have already thought about this, lol!)

      praying all goes well! lovelylinda

    36. Creator Kim Harrison on October 24, 2011

      Hi all! I am so excited to be part of the project and can't wait to see it happen. I heard about it from the Kickstarter Tumblr page, and I live in NY.

    37. Creator Ayar on October 24, 2011

      Dear all @ Tripod Media + Freda,

      I am really happy to be part of this project, and really hope that you will reach your goal before 11.11.11.

      I read about the project on Happy Nat's, and went immediately to the link to add my pledge because I think it is a great project that will shed a light on a very interesting and unknown chapter of the Beatles story, and will for sure be something new and exciting for all Beatles fans.

      I have always been a huge fan of the Beatles, and I remember very vividly the first time I listened to their music at the age of 8 when I watched Yellow Submarine on TV and was totally intrigued by the music and the strange animation! After watching the film, I kept singing: "We all live in a yellow submarine..." etc. with my sister for months afterwards :-)

      But what really introduced me to the Beatles music was the older son of a family we knew who was studying music in London. This guy had ALL Beatles records, both LPs and singles! He was a big fan, and was playing their songs every time we visited them. His room walls were fully covered with posters and photos of the Beatles, but the thing that really affected me was his passion for the music and the sadness he expressed about the disbanding of the group. Since then, I have always been listening to the Beatles (and solo Beatles), sometimes more, sometimes less, but they were always there, especially when I started to study classical music, I kept playing their songs on the piano and started to sing and discover the beautiful harmonies of Paul, John, George and Ringo.

      Today, decades later, I still find myself listening to their music and discovering new things all the time. I am now also a serious collector of everything Beatles.

      I think that my fascination with the Beatles is due to the fact that they represent the decade of my childhood, when everything was simpler, funnier and more exciting, and this is what I still feel today whenever I listen to their music.

      I will definitely try to spread the word about this exciting project to as many Beatles fans as possible.

      I wish you all every possible success in reaching your goal and realizing this project and send you my best regards.



    38. Creator Katy on October 23, 2011

      I'm Katy Southern from Nashville, Tennessee and I am a big fan of Ryan's work! He is an incredibly gifted artist and I cannot wait to see how he brings Freda's story to life.

    39. Creator Steven Springer on October 23, 2011

      Hi Freda, and everyone involved in this terrific project. I heard about it via a link on Facebook, as I follow a number of Beatles-related pages and saw the link at, I believe, Abbey Road On The River.

      I was 10 years old when the Beatles finally hit it big in the States, and I clearly remember where I was on Friday, Feburary 7, 1964, when their plane landed at Kennedy Airport. A yellow school bus, taking me and my classmates from The Bronx to the Museum of Natural History in Manhattan. All the girls had their transistor radios tuned to WABC-770 AM (and calling themselves W-A-Beatles-C), and when it was announced the jet had touched down, the screams in the bus sounded like a jet engine!

      I've been to Liverpool once, and it was a magical experience. To see Penny Lane, Strawberry Field, the site of The Cavern...unbelievable. To know that Freda had this amazing contact with the band for so many years, and to finally bring it to the public...thanks to everyone who's helping to put this documentary on the screen -- and thanks so much to Freda for wanting to share her memories with us!!


    40. Creator Jennifer Vanderslice on October 16, 2011

      Working hard to get you YOUR moment in the spotlight, Freda! Can't wait to hear your stories...

    41. Creator Peter Rothenbacher on October 10, 2011

      freda told me for some weeks in chester with a Fan Group of Mr. Fleischer. I,m glad i found the site

    42. Creator dietmar lederwasch on October 5, 2011

      This is wonderful news.
      Is it possible to ask Freda a few questions before hand?
      I'm compiling a book on the fan club and think it possible for the release to coincide with Freda's documentary.